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Zahara de la Sierra

Winding country roads eventually unfurl to reveal this stunning ‘pueblo blanco’ built into the side of a mountain. As you approach from a distance, the sight is so captivating that you’ll feel like you’ve driven into a fairytale. Laying at the foot of a twinkling emerald-colour lake, and topped with a turreted castle, it’s easy to see why Zahara is known as one of the most beautiful villages in Cadiz province. And, the closer you get, the more stunning it becomes…

Pretty white washed houses adorned with colourful flower pots zig zag up the hill like sugar cubes balanced on top of each other. Hidden away toward the top, you’ll find the town’s centre with a stunning piazza and Santa Maria Parish Church. Driving through the narrow streets is restricted, so the best way to reach the centre is by foot. The most scenic route is by climbing the flight of stairs through a beautiful canopy of trees leading to the upper terraces. The walk up is certainly a good work-out, but you’ll be rewarded with magnificent views over the shimmering lake and mountains. If you’re lucky, you may see Birds of Prey gliding in the sky. Within the charming heart of the village, you’ll find tapas bars and restaurants dotted along the leafy streets hanging with lanterns. A further trek up the hill will take you to one of Zahara’s main attractions, the Castillo de Zahara de la Sierra. Dating back to between 13-14th century, the panoramic views from the castle just get better (if that’s possible!). And in the warmer months, you can see canoes and paddle boards gliding across the lake.

Trips here from Suryalila often include a stop at one of our favourite eateries, Al Lago. Thanks to the stylish restaurant’s lake-side location, and creative seasonal menu featuring traditional Spanish dishes with a modern flair, a meal here is the perfect way to nourish body and soul.

Distance: 40 minute drive

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